Neutering Your Cat: The Surgery and Benefits

Neutering is a very common procedure that helps to prevent your male cat from reproducing, which contributes to the over population of homeless cats.This procedure also helps to eliminate some negative behaviors that are associated with cats that do not have the surgery.Below we will discuss the surgery, after care, the benefits and the recommended age.

The Surgery

The night before the surgery cats are usually not allowed to eat or drink for twelve hours, to minimize potential anesthesia complications. Prior to the surgery cats are given a general anesthesia. During the surgery several small incisions are made in the cat's scrotum and both testes are removed through these incisions.

Your cat's heart and lungs are usually monitored throughout the procedure; some vets administer pain medication through an iv in addition to sending some home. Neutering incisions are much smaller than the spaying incisions, so due to the size of the incision, sutures are sometimes not required.

After Care

After the surgery, cats can usually go home the same day. Most vets will send you home with some pain medication, if your vet doesn't, request some. Humans hate being in pain, the same applies to our feline companions.

Most cats, after the surgery, appear a bit drowsy and extra sleepy for a couple of hours. Your cat will need a quiet place to sleep and recover, and some fresh water and food, he may not eat for a couple of hours, but will be hungry later.

Although cat's recover faster after this surgery than spaying it's important after the surgery, to keep your cat indoors and decrease play sessions for a couple of days. If your cat has sutures, he will need to be monitored to make sure that he is not excessively licking or scratching at them, if he is, he might need to wear an Elizabeth collar or a dressing to prevent injury.


There are many benefits to neutering your cat. First it helps to keep the population of homeless cats down. Second, it helps to prevent certain negative behaviours that intack male cats exhibit.

Intack male cats may mark their territory by spraying urine, outside and inside, consistently want to go outside and may exhibit aggressive behaviours towards other male cats.

Age Recommended For Neutering

The surgery is usually recommended for cats between the ages of 4-6 months; however some vets recommend the surgery be done at a younger age, as early as 2 months. It's best to discuss with your vet what age he/she advices.

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